by Dave Kious
posted Oct 19 2014 8:01PM
Big shout out to the Chiefs for beating San Diego IN San Diego...Way to go!
World Series kicks off Tuesday night along with Wednesday night at The K. First pitch at 7:07pm.
Please pinch me that we are REALLYin the World Series...And...
Tonight, I'm giving away a Four-Pack of tickets to Jana Kramer and Josh Thompson @ Whiskey Tango on Friday, November 14.
Just listen for the sounder and good luck!
Oh, and Go Royals!
Duct Tape Dave
by Kyle Kristofer
posted Oct 19 2014 12:49PM
Do you have the Royals fever like I do? Everywhere I go, people are smiling, happy talking about the World Series and where they are going to be partying. I actually thought about driving around and trying to find Paul Rudd's moms house when the Royals beat Baltimore. I'll be with some family and friends on Tuesday watching with you. Keep listening to Q104 for where you can get Royals gear with us before the game on Tuesday. Are you ready fro the football game this afternoon?
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@radiogagakk Tailgate with me before the Chiefs game! Grab the Q104 app and listen live at your grill, I'm with you till 4pm this afternoon at q104kc.com âª#KansasCityâ¬ Go Packers! Go Chiefs!
by Kyle Kristofer
posted Oct 18 2014 2:04PM
Got a chance to help out at the JDRF run/walk this morning at Arrowhead and the K this morning and met a great young man who got diagnosed with type one diabeties three years ago. Noah is a ten year brain cancer survivor and is hearing impaired.
After several extended hospital stays, bills have added up. Noah is now doing great and wants to thank everyone that walked and ran this morning to help further research for a cure for type one diabeties. Help Noah and other kids. Find out more and how you can help at http://jdrf.org/
Join me this afternoon from 2-6pm and tomorrow from noon to 4pm playing your favorites! As always, thanks for listening to Q104! - Kyle
by TJ McEntire
posted Oct 14 2014 12:21PM
Wish I had an Aunt Miranda and Uncle Blake! Sure would be fun around the holidays! Such a great article! I Heart Country Music and Artists so HARD! TJ
by Joshua James
posted Oct 14 2014 12:11PM
I found this study pretty interesting! A study from the National Cancer Institute finds coffee that benefits the health of one of our essential organs, the Liver! The study contends that either caffeinated or decaf coffee helps to boost liver health. What that means is that it's something other than caffeine that is beneficial to the liver, according to researcher Dr. Qian Xiao. While Qian and his team don't know what it is in coffee that provides its medicinal value, the fact is that people who consume three or more cups a day as opposed to non-drinkers, lowered abnormal enzymes that can hurt the liver. Even better, it didn't matter whether it was regular or decaf!
Do you think drinking coffee can boost liver health regardless of if it's regular or decaf? Do you drink regular or decaf coffee? Thoughts? Comment below!
by Joshua James
posted Oct 14 2014 10:14AM
-Taste Of Country
"Bro-country:" It's a relatively new term in country music, used mostly in reference to popular songs about drinking, hot girls with tan lines, tailgates and, well, drinking some more. Tyler Farr is so over the phrase, however — in fact, he admits he'd like to smack the person who coined it.
"A lot of my friends sing the new stuff, what they call bro-country," he tells AZ Central. "I mean, whatever. I have no clue what it is and whoever invented that term, I'd like to smack him upside the head."
It would appear the source is Jody Rosen, a journalist, music critic and author who brought "bro-country" to life when talking about Florida Georgia Line's massive song 'Cruise' in 2013.
"In short, 'Cruise' is bro-country: music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American White dude," Rosen wrote at the time. "It's a movement that has been gathering steam for several years now, and we may look back on 'Cruise' as a turning point, the moment when the balance of power tipped from an older generation of male country stars to the bros."
True, Farr writes about whiskey, pickup trucks and girls, but he insists there's more to his music than just those things — he was actually influenced in his career by more traditionally-minded country stars.
"George Jones is a big part of my life," Farr says. "My stepdad played guitar for him for 15 years. I spent a whole summer with him, sat at the side of the stage and watched him sing. The first time I ever got chill bumps was watching George Jones sing 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes.' And then there's Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard. That's what I listen to when I'm heading to the river, going to the lake. It refreshes me and reminds me of why I do what I do."
Adds the singer, "Not that I don't like a lot of the new stuff."
Farr defends the themes behind bro-country — he says they're something many country fans can relate to. "I live in Chapel Hill, Tenn., which has the largest tractor pull in the south, and there's not a lot more that you do on the weekends than drink and party," the singer explains, "and I write what I know about. So I am gonna have songs that have partying and hot girls and pickup trucks. There's only so much you can write about. If I don't know anything about vacuums, I'm not gonna be a vacuum salesman. It's as simple as that."
Farr's new album — which houses the first single 'A Guy Walks Into a Bar' — is a mix of traditional music and 'new' music, which appeals to the younger generation.
"I've had people call my music new traditional, which I'll take as a compliment. I love traditional music," Farr shares. "But you've gotta get the young kids involved, too, and this was my way of getting the new generation involved without losing the roots, because if you lose the roots of country music, you lose the genre. I write and record real music about what I know about. That's all I do. And it's not rocket science"
Farr is currently on the road with his buddy Jason Aldean and the band who inspired the term bro-country, Florida Georgia Line.
by Zeke Q104
posted Oct 14 2014 7:09AM
Parents caught Brantley - Zeke.
by Joshua James
posted Oct 13 2014 2:16PM
Garth Brooks has long been the biggest-selling act of the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 69.6 million albums sold in the United States alone since 1991. And insiders say that for the recently launched tour in support of his new album, Man Against Machine (due Nov. 11), he has got an even bigger goal: to overtake the marks set by U2 on its record-shattering 360° Tour of 2009 to 2011.
"He has been thinking about this for years," says one well-known Nashville touring executive. "I think this is a calculated, well-thought-out plan about how he would become the biggest touring act of all time."
It's a steep hill to climb: The attendance record of U2's 360° is 7.3 million and its highest-gross mark a whopping $736 million. But based on the numbers that Brooks' tour already is racking up — with most of the biggest markets in North America and the world yet to come — it's attainable. If Brooks, 52, can average 150,000 tickets sold in 100 markets (his opening 13 Chicago dates in September sold more than 180,000), he would more than double U2's attendance record. And if he can average $8 million per market (he did $12 million in Chicago) in those same 100 cities, the all-time gross record is also his. (The Chicago numbers were not reported to Billboard Boxscore; they represent the only tour data provided to Billboard from the singer's PR representative. Brooks and his management and tour reps all have declined to talk to the media or reveal details of the tour.)
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Despite Brooks' long absence from the market — he has performed sporadically since his 2001 retirement — the demand for tickets has surprised many industry veterans, even though his last full tour, behind 1998's Sevens, was the third-biggest in history. It drew, in terms of attendance, nearly 5.5 million people and grossed more than $105 million (country's first $100 million run) during its three-year run. To beat U2's records, his tour is based on three key strategies: ticketing, short lead times and playing enough shows to satisfy each market's demand.
Paradoxically, the singer's unusual approach to ticket pricing places him at a fraction of his market value: There is no VIP, premium, gold circle or scaling. In Chicago, tickets were $56.94, typical for the tour, plus $2.56 in tax and a $6 service charge, totaling $65.50. The low price and high demand would seem to set up a field day for ticket brokers, but so far it actually has achieved the opposite effect. While tickets are limited to six (eight in North Carolina) per person and Ticketmaster uses its array of anti-scalping measures to combat bots and brokers, Brooks is playing enough dates to satisfy demand at the primary level to eliminate the need for a secondary market.
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"When you look at StubHub on these shows, you would expect to see tickets posted there for hundreds if not thousands of dollars," says a source close to the tour. "But you don't, because he has [offered] so much supply that everybody who wants to go is getting to go, at a reasonable price." (Even his series of dates at the Wynn in Las Vegas between 2009 and 2014 were priced at $175 and later $225, modest by Vegas Strip standards.)
How those multiple shows are scheduled is another unusual aspect of the tour. In an era when tickets are sold as much as a year in advance — and often an entire tour goes up at once — Brooks announces his about a week before the on-sale date. It's a practice that has been used regularly at the arena level by only one other artist: Prince. In his case, the aim is to generate excitement and urgency, but for Brooks, the strategy also may be another attempt to stymie ticket resellers. Two or three shows are typically announced in one market at a time, and then more are added as the on-sales progress, based on real-time statistics, website traffic and other factors in Ticketmaster's secret sauce. The call must be made — several times — to add new concerts while still selling for the previous one. "It's an imperfect science," explains one insider. "You have to sell to demand, and pull the trigger at the right time."
Brooks tour will no doubt be an arena record-setter in terms of attendance, depending on how long he stays out and how many dates he plays. U2, largely regarded as the biggest band in the world, played only stadiums on 360, in a configuration that boosted capacity by as much as 20 percent. Next in line is the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge tour of 1994-'95 at 6.6 million attendance, according to Boxscore. Brooks is third for Sevens, but a move up a rung now seems more than achievable.
An element of that tactic is one of the oldest in the book: a second daily performance in the form of matinees, common for country acts of yore but almost exclusively relegated to family shows today. "If you add in 100 shows that didn't exist," one agent says, "all of a sudden here's an extra $100 million on matinees alone."
The tour is just getting underway — the first date was Sept. 4 — and massive markets await in the Northeast as well as traditional strongholds like Nashville, Texas, the West Coast and Pacific Northwest, with secondaries and then, sources say, Europe and Australia next summer, and possibly South America. "He could sit in Australia for a two or three months," the agent says. Further, the ill-fated five Croke Park shows originally meant to start this cycle could have been worth $100 million total gross, and Brooks will surely make a huge play in Ireland before all is said and done.
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Huge markets await, including Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York, Boston, as well as traditional strongholds like Nashville, Texas, the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest. Brooks needs robust population bases to draw more than 100,000, but could conceivably do week-long runs in both Staples Center and the Forum in L.A., and Barclays Center and the Garden in New York. And, many believe, if when Brooks starts getting close to the record, he could head to secondaries with big buildings in the heartland. This tour has already proven it can add dates in a hurry, and buildings from Fargo to Biloxi are aggressively pitching dates.
Meanwhile, other artists are trying to stay out of Brooks' way, especially country tours.
"A tour like this is unprecedented in our genre, or any genre," says Rob Beckham, co-head of William Morris Endeavor's Nashville office, "and we all have to be aware of where he's going and when." Another Nashville agency vet adds, "It's one thing when an artist like Luke Bryan or Taylor Swift goes into a market and takes out $2 million, and quite another when Garth goes in and takes out $12 million. The numbers are so staggering that it takes the market a little time to recover."
by TJ McEntire
posted Oct 13 2014 12:28PM
I love this story about Jake and his new pup! I am a huge dog lover and hope if you need a new furry friend you will go see my friends at KC Pet Project or Greater Kansas City Humane Society! These and many other organizations do so much for homeless animals! After having 4 dogs with me this past weekend (two are mine, two I babysit sometimes) I am convinced I could have 10 LOL!!! My husband on the other hand, not so convinced! Happy Monday! TJ
by Zeke Q104
posted Oct 13 2014 6:05AM
Underwood puts lessons on HOLD - Zeke.